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Péché MortelPéché Mortel

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.

Added by Popsinc on 06-09-2003

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Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark coffee, coffee aroma with some booziness and tiny head. Bottle from Dr. Jay via Sam's in Chicago. Smooth and medium mouthfeel, tasty, some richness. A bit overrated. A speeedway stout caffeine and alcohol melange. A bit of lace on way down. Understated carbonation. 2005 bottled.

Worked as the clear winner, on cask at Volo cafe in fall 2006 and that is my ranking. Coffee aroma, and thick chocolate coffee was superb.

Cask on in fall 2007 was way too much coffee grinds and did not work.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolute pitch black with a huge 3 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. Very nice rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells strongly of fresh brewed coffee with some roasted malt and cocoa powder. Coffee is definitely the dominant smell and this is one of the best coffee stouts I have smelled. Taste is of Hershey's chocolate syrup infused with fresh roasted coffee beans. The roasted coffee bitterness is very noticeable after each sip. Mouthfeel is very thick, creamy, and smooth. Very rich and heavy. Overall, this is a fantastic stout with an unbelievable coffee aroma and taste that is just delicious.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

an amazing stout, worthy of its high status, but i almost like aphrodite more, with the vanilla and cocoa nibs. the coffee in this one is robust, rich and thick, wildly bitter, but still in reasonable proportion to the stout, in other words, it still tastes like a beer above coffee. deep dark brown in color, dense, and showing very little light. an inch of creamy mocha foam, like the top of a good espresso. the drink starts out with that coffee bitterness which transitions into malt bitterness from the dark barley. its not overly complex, but it doesnt need to be, and i think thats part if its charm, its simplicity and streamlined elegance for being such a big stout. alcohol is entirely absent from the flavor profile too. it has a hit of sweetness to balance the bitter right before the finish, and a clean finish for what this is. dense texture but somehow soft in feel, again, like properly made espresso. full bodied, just enough carbonation. overall an incredibly satisfying stout, expertly made, and brought home for a very reasonable price. i wish this was available on the market all the time. rich and delicious.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a jet black liquid, the head was thick at first and a little foamy. The head leaves a good lacing. The smell of coffee and roasted malts are on the nose. The taste is very bitter and has a light sweetness upfront, the aftertaste was dry and bitter. The mouthfeel was oily thick making this one a sipper. Overall I found this beer to be quite good.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color (a slight bit of red is visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light) and has a thin creamy beige head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of coffee and espresso beans in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of coffee and espresso beans stand out in the taste, which has a slight amount of sweetness and a hint of bitterness. Unlike the bottled version, roasted flavors are not very noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and incredibly smooth and creamy; the smoothness of the beer on-tap really sets it apart from the bottled version.
D: The beer goes down very smooth and tastes like creamy espresso. I could sip this beer all night long and will definitely try this again if I can find it on-tap because it tastes even better than it does in a bottle.

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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle. The shelves of my local bottleshop (really there is only one in this burg) were recently invaded by the offerings of this microbrewery from la Belle Province. Due to the dear six-pack price (what, no Free Trade within our own freaking country?), I decided to forestall investigation of the other mixed packs, to finally have a go at this. What is it with the Quebecois brewers and their predilection with the Christian afterworld? Oh, right.

This beer pours a total and complete black hole, destroyer of light, nothing from the Crayola spectrum even permissible at the edges, with three fingers of vigorous, thick, and yet frothy tan head, which leaves a broad array of chunky and sudsy lacing around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells strongly, in no uncertain terms, of your local Italian coffee shop's espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, a twinge of boozy vanilla, some mild anise-heavy ouzo notes, and musty, leafy, and earthy hops. The taste is bitter espresso up front, once again, hefty chocolate malt dutifully following up, and instantly coating the palate, and then slowly dropping away to reveal some soft, dry black licorice, and nicely pedestrian earthy, and kind of dusty hops. A skulking, yet benevolently restrained booze warming hangs about, poking its nose in here and there.

The carbonation is very mild, the body a stately Rubenesque form, with an attendant creamy smoothness, one hardly even surmountable by the swirling booze notes. It finishes rather softly, really, with a slightly adult, fruity-chocolate holiday treat essence.

A lovely, let you down easy imbiber, in the sense that it makes you forget the initial full-frontal, and maybe overbearing flavour assault, so that you immediately plunge in for another go-round, and...repeat, until you're surprised the glass is empty, and the booze you didn't notice at all before decides to fully join the party. Worthy of its rep, and probably a lot more. Mon dieu, et d'habitude, je n'aime pas même de café!

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4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Peche Mortel has been one of the more illusive beers for me. A friend who made the trip to Asheville, NC brought this back for me.

Unknowingly, I decanted, er... plopped the beer into the chalice and watched the mousse-like head form to the point that the 12oz. bottle wouldn't fit. As I take the first few sips, the beer never relinquishes the head and leaves multiple rings of lacing behind. The beer is a dark brown-black and opaque as they come. An ideal look.

Very bold aromas of French Roast coffe, nutty-almond-ish scents, as well as cocoa, heavy cream, anise, and a hint of alcohol swirl about the glass. Very appetizing and inviting.

Coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts combine into a well balanced flood of flavor. The beer never favors any one character but the blend of them all give a subtle yet bold balance. Light favors of oats, heavy cream, licorce, and chocolate brownies are a few of the descriptors that make this beer special.

The body is remarkably smooth, silky, and light in comparison to thicker gravity bombs. The coffee bitterness amplifies the grassy-piney hop bitterness and questions whether it is too much for the relatively moderate weight. The beer lightens into a fluid and palatable finish with a linger of coffee and cocoa deep into the aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable for a 9.5%er.

I really appreciate the beer for focusing on the delicacy of flavor instead of the kick-in-the-teeth agression for which more recent Imperial Stouts are acclaimed. Though nothing is wrong with the beer, a more complex fruity character throughout would have made it a solid 5 across the board. Good luck finding a more pleasant drinking experience... with any beer.

Thanks RyanC84

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4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown glass bottle with twist off cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of wonderful cream lacing, great thickness, and excellent retention for the ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Coffee, caramel, oak (?), mocha, and some smoke. Maybe some roast. A pretty strong aroma.

T: Heavy coffee, with some mocha and cream about the climax. Very intricately subtle, if a bit simple. Caramel and light roast are also pleasant. Nicely layered. Its strength is its subtlety.

Mf: Smooth, wet, silky, velvety, and above all else delightfully creamy. Complements the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the ABV, resembling a good cup of mocha coffee. I like it a lot, and it's fairly priced in New York (where the bottle was acquired). I'd like this on-draught (or even nitro-draught).

12.21.14: Revisiting this gem of a beer. Bottled March 2012. Let's see how she drinks at 2.5 years.

Served cold into a Guinness goblet and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 finger wide luscious khaki colour head. Gorgeously creamy, full, and soft-looking, with fantastic thickness and a great complexion and even consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is stunning - easily 15 minutes or more; the head remained to the last sip - what a rarity.

BODY: Opaque ink-black, with no visible yeast or sediment.

Overall, a great looking imperial stout. I have seen richer deeper heads.

AROMA: Decadent coffee with a subtle espresso-like roast, mocha and java aromatics, dark malts, milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and rich cocoa. The coffee is incredibly evocative and anything but one-dimensional, pairing beautifully with the exquisite roasted barley aromatics. It's on the sweeter side for a coffee stout, though, even evoking fudge.

No booze/alcohol, syrup, or burnt notes are present, making this a seemingly very well balanced imperial stout. Aromatic intensity is mild.

Just mouthwatering. Definitely evokes a dessert beer more than say, a breakfast stout.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The creamy flavour of this beer is easily the best of its kind I've ever tasted, and paired with the mocha makes the beer sing. The flavour profile is a teasing push-pull of its silky cream & mocha notes and its drier coarser roasted barley and coffee roast notes. The result is a damn near flawless harmony of flavour with unrivaled depth and balance. Wow.

Carbonation is perfect, and it's aptly smooth and wet. Excellent presence on the palate. One may think the coffee would fade after two and a half years, but it's luxurious - and is complemented beautifully by the sweet milk chocolate notes. The dark malt and chocolate malt foundation never tastes cloying, and ties the beer together into a gooey cohesive gestalt wonder. Incredible flavour depth. Perfect flavour intensity (moderate). The sweetness lingers into the aftertaste, coaxing the drinker into craving the next sip for the roast.

As it warms, still more flavours emerge: chocolate syrup (Hershey's comes to mind), subtle caramel, brownies, still more nuanced chocolatey notes, and marshmallow.

Intricate, subtly executed, nuanced...this is how an imperial coffee stout is done. An there's no booze, yeast, off-notes, or pesky hop character.

Its gooey s'more-like feel is just fantastic.

What a hell of a brew. Why don't I buy this more often?

OVERALL: It's turned into a real treat with age, and I'd say this just about peaks in the 2-3 year window. Easily one of the best coffee imperial stouts on the market, if not one of the best imperial stouts period. I'll definitely need to nab a bottle of the barrel aged variant. It's hard to imagine this much better. Perhaps the best Canadian-brewed beer of all time, and absolutely a must-try in the style.

High A-

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 08/2005, cellared for a year.

I've been waiting to try this one, based on recommendations to let it mellow a tiny bit.

Pour a deep mahogany hue, pitch black in the pint glass. Billowing head, irregular bubbles, later subsides but never disappears.

Smell is rich coffee, also a touch sweet. Maybe a lactic note in there too.

Taste lives up to the hype. It's full, rich, and strong. Resiny fair-trade coffee grinds, mixed with a dense roasted malt. Alternately bitter and roasty, with a sweet flash in between. This isn't especially complex, but it's a perfectly symbiotic marriage of coffee and stout. The richness is unsurpassed in my coffee stout experience.

Mouthfeel is full and velvety, lives up to the price tag. No harshness, alcohol is expertly hidden.

Due to it's overwhelming qualities, one bottle is enough in one sitting. Worth trying once in a lifetime...

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4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000. It was certainly worth it.

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with scarlet hints. It had a thick, long lasting, caramel-colored head that left sticky, wide rings of lace on the glass.

S - Aroma was amazing. I could smell the coffee notes without even putting my nose near the glass. Also, notes of molasses and maple syrup sweetness.

T - Coffee is the dominant flavor mixed with chocolate, toffee and roasted malt.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer that is a slow sipper.

D - This beer was worthy of the hype. I am not a coffee drinker, but this was outstanding. If coffee tasted this good I might take up the habit.

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